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3" body lift for the Ranger, worried about installing it

well i finally got a body lift, 3in bl from summit....had a friend that was going to install it, he kind of bailed. and i have no clue where to even begin, i do not think i can do it for i am not mechanically inclined. any tips to give? anyone know of any shops in nj that would install a bl?
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ive put two on so far soon to be 3. they are easy but take time, at least for me it took like 8 to 10 hours to do. Didn't your kit come with the instructions???
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Its really not that bad. I did mine over a weekend. All you really need is a socket set, a drill, and probably some kind of heat. My front two bolts were in bad shape and needed some persuasion (this is where the heat comes in) to get them out.
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were you doing it on a lift at a shop? and with air tools?...my friend sayes he will do mine for 250$ im not sure if thats alot for a friend lol
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my brother helped me for free....just saying. but i did mine in my driveway although it might go quicker if you had a lift to lift the cab up!
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Just offer the friend a helping hand and a case of beer.
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Just offer the friend a helping hand and a case of beer.
yea i pretty much said that, id help as much as i can, and id buy food and ****...but he still wants like 250 bucks, the thing im most worried about is i only get 1 day off a week from work and my friend lives an hr away, so if we couldnt finish in that 1 day then im screwed as far as work the next day .
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Yeah thats not a really good friend if he will charge you that much.
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Yeah thats not a really good friend if he will charge you that much.
yea i know right?! but he does know what he is doing as far as lifts go, i dont see how he could possible charge me, but i may have no choice :S
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I wouldn't do it. I would tell him to Fu(k off and do it and ill buy him a pizza.
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It is very time consuming, 8-10 hours of manual labor is worth more then $250. I have done a few and i wouldn't do it for any less then that. Go to a local garage and get a quote. You will be $750 + if they will even do it. Your being a bit ignorant towards your friend.
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your from jersey? well why dont you put up a meet and greet and mention something about helping put a body lift on? I'm pretty sure people will be very happy to help especially if it is a good turn out
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If he won't do it for a case of beer and a meal or 2... I would say that's not much of a friend at all. You need sockets, a MAP gas torch to heat the cab body bolts, an impact wrench would be good. Look here, it should provide you with enough information to do it.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/1-3-body-lifts-102/ford-ranger-body-lift-3%E2%80%9D-%E2%80%93-tech-info-extravaganza-83805/

And you can download the instructions from the performance accessories website, and their customer service is super helpful.
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It is very time consuming, 8-10 hours of manual labor is worth more then $250. I have done a few and i wouldn't do it for any less then that. Go to a local garage and get a quote. You will be $750 + if they will even do it. Your being a bit ignorant towards your friend.
nope, id tell any of my friends to s*ck it if they wanted $250.. to HELP install a BL... not much of a friend.. a true friend would be enthusiastic! that your lifting your truck!! tell him to take his thumb out of his @$$ and drive down and help a brotha out!!!
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I agree that $250 is way to much. A true friend does that **** for beer and food.
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nope, id tell any of my friends to s*ck it if they wanted $250.. to HELP install a BL... not much of a friend.. a true friend would be enthusiastic! that your lifting your truck!! tell him to take his thumb out of his @$$ and drive down and help a brotha out!!!
yea i know right? he has a lifted dodge ram (trans went twice on it) and he knows what he is doing but wants to charge...looks like i need new friends, id be happy buying him food/drinks but thats not good enough, but the thing is i need to get the lift on, so i may have have him do it....
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It is very time consuming, 8-10 hours of manual labor is worth more then $250. I have done a few and i wouldn't do it for any less then that. Go to a local garage and get a quote. You will be $750 + if they will even do it. Your being a bit ignorant towards your friend.
Actually people on this forum can get them done in 2 hours.
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You got a shifter extension for your manual tranny right. Don't forget about that.
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Its not worth paying anyone to do it. Especially a "friend" who wants $250. I did mine by myself in my driveway and finished in about 8 hours. I'm pretty mechanically inclined, but if you have a socket set, and you are capable of using it, you're set. x2 on the map gas torch, it helped a lot on the front 2 cab bolts. I didn't have an impact gun until about 3pm (started at 8am), when my buddy got off work. It wasn't that bad, I just stuck a like 3ft long pipe on the end of the ratchet and went to town. Make sure you have a T-55 torx bit for the bed bolts, and a T-50 for the removal of the jumpseats (4-door only). It's pretty straightforward, just time consuming.
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yeah dude what a sh!tty friend, its honestly not that bad if you have instructions. put up a bodylift meet thread and see if any members will come help, I would if you werent in jersey. Ive done 3 so far, if I can do it anyone can
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It is very time consuming, 8-10 hours of manual labor is worth more then $250. I have done a few and i wouldn't do it for any less then that. Go to a local garage and get a quote. You will be $750 + if they will even do it. Your being a bit ignorant towards your friend.
i didnt realize toonies and loonies had lost that much value in canadia, but in cali a shop would do for about $350 give or take on the shop. even thats just too much money for $100 worth of plastic blocks to be installed, you could have a real lift on a 2wd for that.
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grow a set and throw the lift on! theres a forum full of pictures and an instruction book full of details how to do it! ask us any questions, people will be more then willing to help!!!

and dont say you dont have tools to do it, because it seems like you have 250 to throw away to a "friend" so go out and buy urself some tools.
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dont say you dont have tools to do it, because it seems like you have 250 to throw away to a "friend" so go out and buy urself some tools.
x2 Spend that money on tools and do it yourself. Follow the instructions in the link I gave in my earlier post. I used it and the PA instructions.. followed it step by step. No issues, except a friend who wanted to stop every 5 minutes and talk about what to do next.
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Buying some tools and doing it your self is a great idea. By the sounds of it he was trying to get his friend to do the job as oppesed to help with the job. There is a big difference. I will help some one who is willing to try their best and put in some effort. It's really not that hard just time consuming.
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You got a shifter extension for your manual tranny right. Don't forget about that.
yes i got that, thanks!
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